Argentina: Two Supermarkets Closed for Violating “Cared-For Prices”

EspañolThe municipality of La Plata, Buenos Aires, is the first national district to close down two supermarkets for breaching the “Cared-For Prices” program.

Gustavo Luzardo, in charge of Urban Control and the inspection carried out in Coto supermarket, reported to have found “59 products not complying with the ‘Cared-For Prices’ program.” He also stated that “we have been telling merchants for the last 20 days that they should fit their operations to the norms. If they do not comply, we’re going to close them down.”

The government official responsible for placing the “closed down” strips in both establishments was Roberto Daoud, deputy secretary of public services and consumer relations, who said that those were cases of “commercial unfairness” and that “consumers patronize the supermarket because they believe they will buy cheaper products than elsewhere, and then then they realize this isn’t so.”

Inspections are carried out within the framework of the campaign “Cared-For Prices.” This program, prepared by the secretary of domestic trade, is an agreement between the national government of Argentina, the major supermarket chains, distributors, and suppliers, to maintain a “fair” price administration and “caring for Argentineans’ pockets.”

The Misdemeanor Court will be responsible for deciding on the duration of the preventive closure and the amount of fines.

Source : Clarín and Telam.

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